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Construction Project Management (HND top-up)

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit MSc Construction Project Management

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Full-time: One and half years; Part-time: Two years
Full-time, Part-time
Programme leader:
Simon Lee
Key fact:
Work towards Chartered Builder/Construction Manager status and develop valuable industry collaboration skills on projects with students from related disciplines.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management (HND top-up)?

The urgent need to develop alternative sources of energy is driving an increase in the number of large construction projects requiring development. As a result, there is growing demand for professionals who understand the business aspects of running a company, building technology and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used in the project management of construction.

Why study our course?

If you have successfully completed an HND in Building Studies, you can top it up to a Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) accredited honours degree on this course.

You will learn how to effectively manage the construction process to meet client needs within external constraints. You will study the building cycle from inception to end of economic life including procurement, construction, design or property management, recycling and disposal. This is while balancing the requirements of clients, users and the community.

Real world experience

Our construction partner employers are involved throughout providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation. You will get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry. You will learn about new techniques and approaches on day trips and field trips. There are also opportunities to apply knowledge through work-based learning.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go on to a career working for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of producing buildings. There are opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying and building surveying, property development or facilities management.

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Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



If you have successfully completed an HND in Building Studies, this is an opportunity to obtain an honours degree in one and a half years (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).

Level 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Project Planning Economics and Contracts
  • Technological Innovations and Life Cycles
  • Strategic and Operational Management
  • Collaborative Practice
  • HR and Financial Management

Level 2

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Site Engineering
  • Dissertation A

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learning in most subject areas is through lectures and a variety of supporting activities such as tutorials, laboratory work, field exercises and projects.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Your performance will be assessed through coursework, project work, presentations and examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) so you can apply for 'Incorporate Membership' of the CIOB on graduation.

You can go on to become a Corporate Member and a 'Chartered Builder / Construction Manager' once you have completed CIOB's Professional Development Programme (PDP) after graduation. Your placement may qualify as one year of this PDP, which means that you will only need to complete 1-2 years after graduation to achieve Chartered status.


The course is supported by a group of employers who contribute towards resources used in teaching, offer sponsorship and placements to students, and who are keen to employ our graduates. Further information on Construction Partner Employers.


We arrange site visits and field trips throughout the course to support your learning.

You will do one to two site visits each academic year the first and second are often in and around Bristol.

During your final year, you can attend an optional European study trip. Aimed at giving you an insight into European construction techniques and project management processes, this involves observing and speaking to construction professionals - some of whom are UWE graduates. Previous destinations have included Germany, Spain and Portugal.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies.

  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our new 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.
  • Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.
  • Study in specialist laboratories for concrete and environmental services, environmental physics, earth sciences, and surveying technology.
  • Access specialist equipment for surveying and assessing buildings.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our construction partner employers get involved throughout your degree. These offer sponsorship and placements to students and are keen to employ graduates. They also run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Hear about best practice

We have strong relationships with local practitioners and professional organisations such as the regional CIOB, Constructing Excellence South West and Bristol. As a result, students have free access to most of their events and workshops promoting best practice.

We also arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their design projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.


Careers / Further study

The demand for UWE Construction Project Management graduates means you will have a good choice of employment. The combination of design, technology, building and information, law and management subjects will also prepare you for industry or postgraduate study.

On graduation, you can go on to a career working for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of producing buildings. There are also opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying, building surveying, property development, facilities and asset management.

Recent graduates have gone into positions as construction managers, planning managers, site engineers or project managers, with firms such as Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Kier Group. Some have set up successful businesses. Others have branched out into fields such as personnel management, marketing and financial management.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Construction


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above (or comparable numeric score under newly reformed GCSE grading) in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • Specific subjects: FdSc or HND Construction, or equivalent, with Merits in the final year.

Entry requirements

Higher National Diploma with all Merits (where Distinctions in some units can be used to cancel Passes in other units). Foundation degree with an overall average of 55%

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

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